I recently had a hub unpublished by HubPages because “Unrelated links or products”. First time I have come across one of these. I read and re-read my hub several times. Every single one of the links was related to the hub. The two Amazon books I promoted were related to it also. I was stumped…what could it be I wondered. I wrote off for clarification. I am not in the habit of linking to unrelated subjects, have never done so knowingly nor any intention of doing so.
Well I got an answer. It was in the RSS capsule. There was an unrelated link in there. Now I am fully aware that I could play around with Tags and change it so that anything which appears in the RSS capsule is relevant. Sometimes I do just that. At other times I stick with the standard “latest”, “best” and “hot” because as I write on a variety of subjects I want my readers to see just that. That’s why I use the RSS. I know there is the “Read more hubs by Peter Dickinson” but that is at the top right of the Hub. That is why I place the RSS capsule at the bottom just above comments. It is there to get people click on the links to read there and then. There is no guarantee they are going to scroll to the top of the hub again.
So it seems we have a rule that I have missed. All RSS must apply to the Hub. Anybody else having problems?
Incidentally I was directed to three hubs as per example not publishing “Unrelated links or products”. I was somewhat dismayed to see that one of these had a functioning News Capsule! Why? I had to remove all of mine. Took me forever because I used these a lot….and always relevant to the Hub subject.
Indeed, the way it is now, RSS feeds need to be customized to fit the contents of your hub. The standard feeds ("best," "latest" etc.) are no longer safe to use.
Peter, I read your work a lot, and I have always found your links to be related, so the rss thing makes sense. I had to revise some of this type of hub activity as well, time consuming but worth it with all of the changes(I Hope).
I have had a number of hubs unpublished due to unrelated links in the RSS Feed. As far as I am concerned the RSS Feed is broken and shouldn't be used, because Staff refuses to fix it or even entertain the idea that it is broken.
I have used RSS Feeds, in the specific manner, in which the RSS Feed links could not possibly be unrelated, because of the "keyword" used. However, the RSS Feed continued to pull unrelated links into my hubs.
Now, since Staff refuses to listen or entertain, the problem then I suggest you do not use them at all.
The only other way that the RSS Feeds could be wrong would be to address the unrelated links inside the RSS Feeds and attack those who are improperly using keywords. However, since Staff refuses to address that problem or even see it as a problem, then it goes back to my original thought process and that would be to STOP using RSS feeds.
Cags, I think you bring a really good point my friend. In your opinion do you think this "unrelated" linking problem could be due to some of the Hub Challenges that link to each other through rss feeds, but have very little to do with what each author happens to write about?
I have ran across tons of this type of rss usage in the past, even participated in a challenge. And honestly it worked really well pre-panda. I have since yanked these types of rss feeds with good results. The contest HP now conducts, stay true to a topic, which I believe has a grand impact on success with the rss feeds. :}
Hey K9, I don't know what the problem actually is, but I am sick and tired of hearing about it.
I had plenty of hubs that had RSS Feeds there were directly related to hub contents, but the RSS Feed was pulling unrelated content.
Since the unpublished hubs have been republished because, I took the RSS Feeds out of the hubs, it leads to conclude the problem is either a malfunction in the RSS Feed or other hubbers are using "keywords" that are not actually associated with their content.
I have removed all hubs and tags, and feeds concerning any of the challenges. Jason made a statement that the tags/keywords "60DC" and/or "60 Day Challenge" would not be a problem.
So, any hubs with those on them and inside the RSS Feeds, shouldn't be a problem, unless the moderators are uninformed.
Got it. I think you may be on to something regarding authors using unrelated tags...very frustrating with out a doubt Glad to hear that the 60DC and/or 60 Day Challenge tags remain in good favor.
Almost every single one of my Celebrity hubs had RSS Feeds on them. I setup the RSS Feed, based on the "keyword" of the Celebrity's name.
Example: ht tp://hubpages.com/tag/Pamela+Anderson/hot?rss
I did this with each of the 30+ Celebrities I cover. It should only be pulling hubs based on that keyword. Yet, I had at least a dozen or so hubs unpublished for "unrelated links" which were located inside the RSS Feed.
So, you can see my problem?
Edit: Yes, I realize you understood, but wanted to explain a little bit.
Thanks for the extra info on the matter. That would be really time consuming and surely aggravating. Has HP taken a look at your struggle with this yet? It sounds as if you have properly used the rss feed within the topic... I would be bothered as well Cags.
Hey! Edit worked in this forum for you!
Cagsil - I reckon you could solve your RSS problem by placing a special Tag into each of the hubs that you want your RSS links to specifically apply to. For instance in each of your celebrity hubs place the tag 'Celebrityxxx' and then you can choose 'hot', 'latest' or best as you will. As long as you don't put 'Celebrityxxx' in any other hubs your RSS will always pull them and no other.
Example: http:// hubpages.com/author/your+name/Celebrityxxx/latest/?rss
Peter Dickinson, I trust that you got an answer to your original question.
I was waiting to see if there was further explanation but nothing. Your first reply seems to sum it all up....you must make RSS apply to the hub.
Pity really because it makes promoting other subjects one writes about quite difficult.
You are welcome. I agree, it is a pity with these restrictions, since RSS used to be so convenient.
by Lily Rose 10 years ago
I thought I read the new rules about word count and Amazon links, etc. and I put in the time to fix every single hub that was on the list that HP emailed me. Apparently some hubs didn't make the list and now I'm getting about 2 emails a day telling me that a hub of mine was unpublished for...
by Kate Swanson 10 years ago
Whether I agree with HP's new policies or not, I respect the site's right to set their own rules. However, I think one of the reasons Hubbers are getting upset isthey're getting warnings based on rules they don't know existExamples:1. I have "overly promotional" warnings on several...
by Sherri 10 years ago
I really can't point any of you to the many discussions there were about whether RSS feeds that display our own Hubs in a specific Hub of ours are a violation of the HP rules or not.I read info that the "best", "latest", and "hot" categories were not appropriate to add...
by Raymond D Choiniere 10 years ago
Hey Staff,Please get your moderation team on the same page. I am beginning to get PISSED OFF at their incompetence.Last time I checked, RSS Feeds are allowed to be ON hubs and must be relevant to the HUB.I am getting sick and tired of moderators telling me to DELETE specific links inside RSS Feeds,...
by Mike Russo 9 years ago
I'm trying to understand RSS feeds. I think the capsule is a reader that aggreates feeds from other websites, but I'm not sure
by Kate Swanson 10 years ago
There has been a discussion thread about this, but I just wanted to alert other Hubbers to it.You will receive a warning email about some rule violations - but for some, your Hub will show a warning on the Hub itself, but you'll get no email. So you need to fix these issues up now, don't wait till...
Copyright © 2021 Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers on this website. HubPages® is a registered trademark of Maven Coalition, Inc. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers to this website may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|